Barcelona captain Carles Puyol back training after knee surgery

Barcelona captain Carles Puyol

Barcelona captain Carles Puyol has returned to training with the Spanish champions after missing the past six months with a knee injury.

"The team is getting its captain back and we have the centre-back we wanted," said Barca coach Gerardo Martino.

Spain defender Puyol, 35, had keyhole surgery on his right knee in March - his second operation in 11 months.

Martino prioritised signing a centre-back over the summer, but failed with a bid for Chelsea's David Luiz.

Puyol initially trained on his own on Friday, before joining the rest of his team-mates for the final part of the training session.